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An unbiased evaluation of 18 handguns by 35 women
corroborates some theories about which guns women prefer,
while debunking one of the most common schools of thought
about what constitutes the ideal firearm for a woman.
BY ANN Y. SMITH, Senior Executive Editor, AmericanRifleman.org
hat has become known as "The Ladies Pistol Project" (LPP)-an internal code name assigned to one of the largest examinations by American
Rifleman of the burgeoning interest in handguns by women-began as a simple
question: Are certain models of handguns, regularly purported as "female
friendly," really that? And what exactly defines that term? 
 If you are reading this, odds are you are a man. At least that's what our
demographic data suggests. If you are, we invite you to keep reading, because
although the information contained in this article was created by and about
women, it is particularly pertinent to male spouses, relatives, friends, pistol
instructors, gun store clerks or any others associated with women and who
may have introduced-or hope to introduce a woman-to target shooting or
personal protection with a handgun.
What we learned corroborated some theories while debunking one of the most
common schools of thought long perpetuated about what constitutes the ideal
firearm for a woman. This knowledge, compiled from supervised and unbiased,
hands-on assessments by amateur shooters-women like your mothers, sisters,
daughters, wives, friends and customers-must be shared if we, as a nation of
men and women, endeavor to continue to exercise the rights we enjoy under the
protection of the Second Amendment. 
 

The Genesis Of The Ladies Pistol Project 
I am regularly on the lookout for opinions regarding handguns that a woman
should consider for purchase and ownership, and, more importantly, for routine
practice and use. I'm talking about information found in forums, blogs and
articles from those who have actually bought or had experience with a particular gun-not a 1989 magazine article that espouses the Smith & Wesson
LadySmith line, one of the industry's first modern attempts at aggressively
marketing handguns to women, as being perfect for the "little lady," because
hey, you know, it consisted mainly of revolvers. 
If I noticed that a particular handgun model appeared on multiple lists, I
added it to a growing lineup of "guns to try one day." It was subjective, perhaps, but a good place to start nonetheless.
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